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Applesauce for Allergy?

Q. A friend had a severe reaction to a medication. She broke out in an intense itchy rash and her doctor told her to take aspirin, Benadryl and applesauce.

I’ve heard about the first two items, but not the applesauce. What’s the deal on applesauce?

A. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is an antihistamine that can often blunt an allergic reaction and ease hives. As far as we know, however, neither aspirin nor applesauce would counteract an allergic drug reaction. Perhaps the doctor intended the applesauce to “buffer” the aspirin, but that still leaves the puzzle as to why the aspirin was recommended.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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